Celtic captain Callum McGregor has signed a five-year deal with the Scottish Premiership champions. The 30-year-old joined the club’s development program at the age of eight and has since made 420 appearances in all competitions, scoring 62 goals. Since making his first-team debut in 2014, McGregor has played for Celtic Park under four different managers and has earned 20 domestic awards, including five trebles. Following Scott Brown’s transfer to Aberdeen in 2021, the midfielder was granted the captain’s armband. He joins winger Daizen Maeda and striker Kyogo Furuhashi in committing their careers to Celtic until 2027 as the third player to reach an agreement on a new long-term contract.
“To prolong my stay at the club is great. I’ve mentioned previously how much this club means to me, and the recent seasons’ success has just strengthened that,” Celtic captain Callum McGregor said after signing a five-year contract. “I think the club is in a terrific position to advance as well, so when they asked me to prolong my stay, I was overjoyed. Brendan [Rodgers] is an excellent manager, and I had the privilege of working with him in the past. I was able to observe what he accomplished with that team of players, particularly a young, hungry bunch like ourselves, as well as how he advanced and challenged us.”
“His presence around the facility provides it an additional boost, thus the club is in great shape. We put in some tremendous work over the past couple of years, but it’s critical that we capitalize on it and keep moving forward because in football you constantly need to improve,” he added. “I simply want it to go on as long as it can. I’ve mentioned previously how much the guys at this club trust me, and every time I step onto the pitch, I want to earn their faith back. They have been wonderful to me and my family. It gave me a fantastic life and some incredible memories.”
Since coming back to Parkhead, Rodgers has added two more players, namely winger Marco Tilio from Melbourne City and midfielder Odin Thiago Holm from Valerenga. Jota, a Portuguese winger, signed a £25 million deal to join Al-Ittihad in Saudi Arabia, while Aaron Mooy confirmed his retirement from the game.
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